1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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With over eighty-five thousand people, Defence is one of Australia’s largest employers. As is shown in graph 4.5, the majority of Defence employees (59%) are full-time Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Of these, nearly half (24,469) are Army personnel, with the Navy and the Air Force employing 12,353 and 13,481 people respectively. In addition to full-time ADF personnel, a significant proportion (22%) are employed in the ADF Reserves (largely Army personnel) (table 4.6). A further 19% are civilians.
The ADF has experienced difficulty in recent years in maintaining personnel numbers, particularly in specialist areas, due to relatively high separation rates and an inability to achieve recruiting targets. Although recruitment has improved, Defence faces significant demographic challenges in reversing these trends. Measures being taken include: